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He was leaving a motorcycle dealership in south Florida on Monday when a gunman shot him.
Certainly one of rap’s more controversial artists with violence inspired lyrics and his latest album debuting at number one on the Billboard 200 but currently facing 15 felony charges including domestic abuse aggravated battery of a pregnant girlfriend.
The motive of the attack was described as “possible robbery” by investigators, with two men approaching him who then fled in a dark-coloured SUV after it is said several shots were fired and a Louis Vuitton bag took from his vehicle, and at least one site (TMZ) has alas published a censored video of him dead behind the wheel with uncensored pictures soon uploaded to various gore sites.
Tributes have poured from from hip-hop luminaries including Sean “Diddy” Combs and Kanye West for the artist who found fame uploading songs to the website SoundCloud as part of a the genre known as SoundCloud Rap.
And documentary filmmaker and broadcaster Louis Theroux saying of XXXTentacion: “Notwithstanding personal demons, he was a huge talent & bringing a beautiful new feel to hip hop. So sad.”
Updated 19th June 2018
But already a familiar conspiracy for “dead” celebs, especially rappers, has grown:
Seemingly social media believing the rapper saying the reports of his death were fake and he’s done it for a music.
Updated 20th June 2018
Since Tuesday, social media have been torn on how to appropriately memorialise the young rapper. Fans say he should be remembered for his music but critics say his violence and criminality should define his legacy.
Which had been much debated before his death but which did not hinder his career, and indeed perhaps enhanced it. And his death perhaps hijacked to serve as a catalyst:
With hundreds jumping off roofs and climbing on vehicles during a tribute as news crews watched and turning into a mini-riot as officers in riot gear descended upon the crowd, with doubtless all having their say on social media.
Updated 21st June 2018
And shouted in ALL-CAPS like pop culture’s gossip town crier as usual:
XXXTENTACION: SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR MURDER (tmz.com).
The suspect pulled over for driving without a license and then placed into custody an active felony warrant, which was seemingly the murder. The suspect has previous arrests for weapon possession, domestic violence and aggravated assault with a firearm but also followed XXXTentacion on Instagram.
And thankfully hopefully bringing an end to any social media conspiracies about him not being dead to.
Updated 28th June 2018
And regards the video that coincidentally helped fuel those he’s not really dead conspiracy theories:
A bizarre video seemingly serving as a parable and lifesyle warning in which he not only attends his own funeral but then precedes to fight his dead body as it springs back to supernatural life.
Updated 11th July 2018
XXXTentacion death: Second suspect arrested (bbc.co.uk).
A second 22-year-old suspect served an arrest warrant following an arrest for a drug charge on the 5th of the month.
Updated 20th July 2018
And the number involved kept growing:
Four charged with murder of rapper XXXTentacion (news.sky.com).
Police said the talented youngster—real name Jahseh Onfroy—had been carrying a bag with $50,000 (£38,185) in cash, which was stolen.
Updated 28th September 2018
XXXTentacion’s murder happened in plain view of surveillance cameras, and the haunting video was played in public for the first time Thursday during a Broward County court hearing.
And shows two suspects follow him into the motorcycle dealership in Pompano Beach and later his BMW is stopped on the street by the gun-wielding suspects and that he struggled with his assailants before they opened fire at point-blank range.
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